It seems every developer that hits DotNet wants to produce some buttons. However, these buttons are not part of a big picture. What I am trying to do here is produce a theme system, that control developers use to draw their controls. When a user sees a control which has adopted the theme system it looks to them like it "belongs", i.e. it's basically drawn in the same style and color scheme as all other elements in their user interface.
I am seeking others to collaborate with, intially in VB.NET with others doing conversions to other .NET languages. The aim being to develop a full and useful range of controls which have adopted the theme system.
A detailed study of the
CtlFloatbar source code may be required to understand how a theme is adopted, but a quick look at the enclosed demo, which will need minimal edits before it will run, will immediately demonstrate the objective.
The code uses minimal API techniques and is written in VB.NET using .NET 1.0. It calls upon the Graphics class by using the
VisualTheme class to provide critical information which affects the way in which a control is drawn. For example, when opening a form, the theme can dictate the forms background color. The theme also governs the 3D look of buttons and even supports caption buttons as you see in Windows own caption bars. The theme affects the borders of button controls in this example, so that the user can see which the Default (Accept) buttons is, which is the Cancel/Abort buttons, which button has focus and which control is being pointed to by the mouse.
The system also demonstrates a primitive system for drawing drop shadows beneath controls. The
VisualTheme class is also called upon to perform this task, it's slow, but all this stuff is to demonstrate a concept which hopefully others will assist me in completing.
Comments to email@example.com are all welcomed together with offers of collaboration. Ownerships is not an issue here, but quality is, so lets work for the greater good.